The Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) has turned down a request to issue reference to FC Kallon midfielder Saidu Fofanah to head for trials in Sweden with Division II side, Motala AIF.
The 18-year-old youngster was bill to travel to Abuja, Nigeria for an entry visa to Sweden where he is expected to start training sessions and trials with the Swedish outfit on 15th February 2016.
According to FC Kallon secretary general, Blamoh Robert, he sent a letter dated January 18, 2016, requesting SLFA to write a recommendation letter to the Swedish embassy consular officer on the player behalf.
He said: “This has always been the case whenever our players are going out for trials we seek the FA reference letter with an attached document of the club’s invitation and a copy of the player passport. To our surprise, exactly two weeks after our request for a recommendation, the SLFA secretary sent the same letter to us with a double red stamp at the top and bottom which stated ‘Rejected.”
Responding to what will be the club next move; Robert said they are going to explore all avenues to ensure that the player dream move to Sweden becomes a reality.
He added that such move by the Johansen administration will continue to deepen the ongoing problem within the football family.
A senior official from the SLFA secretariat said the decision by the Football Association is connected to the earlier warning that players and officials who are participating in the ongoing football stakeholders ‘National Premier League’ will face punishment.
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